Painting of a white man/Titan, Saturn, eating the arm of a headless body, which is about 1/4 the size of the Titan. Saturn has a crazed look in his eyes, is naked, and has a wild graying beard and long hair

COVID-19 Didn’t Break the Food System. Hunger Was Already Here.

Like everything else in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, American food has become almost unrecognizable overnight. Grocery stores picked clean of pantry items and baby formula. Closed schools jeopardizing millions of students’ access to meals. Restaurants converting to delivery and takeout, or shutting their doors, perhaps never to reopen. Produce rotting in the fields… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Pear power. Female husbands. The (yelling) mothers of us all. Athens, Georgia in Reagan’s America. The Black American amputation epidemic. Lessons from the history of the polio vaccine. How do we record history in the internet age? Electric lighting and the housewife’s moral challenge…. Read more →

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Rows of dozens of Native American boys in little soldiers uniforms that look sort of like Union Soldiers, ages ranging from five to thirteen or so, stand in front of a big white house with a columned balcony on the front.

Understanding Her Position and Place: An African American Nurse at the Stewart Indian School, 1908-1917

In September 1908, Allie Helena Barnett left her family in Atchison, Kansas, and traveled to Carson City, Nevada, where she had accepted a job as a nurse at the Stewart Indian School. Barnett, an African American woman, had graduated from nursing school at Provident Hospital in Chicago in 1906. At the Stewart Indian School, she… Read more →

A Complete Halt to the Liquor Traffic: Drink and Disease in the 1918 Epidemic

When the annual Pennsylvania convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) began on October 4, 1918, delegates “rejoiced” that the state Board of Health had closed all saloons, and most other sites of public assembly, as a preventive measure against the influenza epidemic. The most influential organization advocating for prohibition, the WCTU pressed for… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Our mothers, before us. Dykes, Camera, Action! The linguistics of cooties. The real life Lord of the Flies. “Wheatless Wednesdays” in WWI. Plague doctor iconography in 2020. The grim history of counting the dead. A new history of being Asian-American. Designing the world’s first home… Read more →

What to Expect When You’re Expiring: Pregnancy and Death in Seventeenth-Century England

On October 12, 1622, a 26-year-old English woman named Elizabeth Jocelin gave birth to her first child, a baby girl. Nine days later, she died of puerperal fever, an infection of the genital tract — most likely from bacteria accidentally introduced by a birthing attendant during labor — that can cause fatal sepsis in postpartum… Read more →